Restore the Rotunda
Our heritage-listed rotunda sits at the heart of the Convent’s stunning gardens. Once a grand feature of this beautiful space, it has been a place to rest, read, congregate and contemplate for more than 100 years.
Right now the rotunda is dilapidated and unsafe for use – and has been inaccessible to the Convent’s visitors for safety reasons since 2015. But thanks to the generous support of our community and our funding partner, The Copland Foundation, our heritage-listed rotunda will soon undergo a complete suite of restoration works to secure and protect its structure from further ruin.
Heritage restoration work is complex, layered and rigorous. It requires expertise from highly-qualified practitioners, using heritage-appropriate materials. The total cost to undertake the significant works to protect and secure the historic rotunda is $100,000.
We are committed to preserving the heritage values of the rotunda by embarking on a like-for-like restoration to bring this important piece of history back to life. Working closely with a heritage architect and a specialist heritage restoration team, we aim to retain as much of the original fabric as possible, andacknowledge the evolved character of this important architectural feature.
We are excited to share that this important piece of history will be reopened and reactivated in late Spring 2017 – when the rotunda will once again become a space for the entire community to enjoy. It will become a place to experience arts and cultural programs and events, and will provide much needed shelter, so that everyone can enjoy our gardens all year round.